Why individuals would hire a leadership coach:
There are any number of situations you might find yourself in (personal or professional) where you could use a coach. If you can easily relate to any of the challenges below, a coach may be just be what you need to boost your performance and reduce stress in your life and the lives of others.
- I’ve been promoted into a leadership position because I’m very good at what I do (my technical expertise). But now I’m being asked to lead others, and its unfamiliar territory. I want to prove to myself, and those who promoted me, that I’m up to the task and they made a good choice.
- I was promoted into a leadership position in the same area that I’ve worked for years as an individual contributor. I’m now supervising people who used to be my peers, and it’s harder than I thought it would be. I need someone who has “been there, done that” to guide me through this potential minefield.
- I’m new to leadership, and find it to be a constant struggle and very stressful. I frequently ask myself “Why can’t people just do what I ask them to do?” It seems like I’ve tried everything I know. There must be other ways to influence people, and get results, besides just using my new “authority” (a.k.a. throwing my weight around).
- I’m working very long hours while noticing that some of my peers are working less and accomplishing more. I think (or I’ve been told) that I may be trying to “muscle” the operation by doing too much myself. I don’t know how to break out of this grind.
- My goal is to be promoted into a management position, and I want to demonstrate to those who can influence my career that I understand what it takes to be a leader. I know that it requires looking at people and things through a different lens. I am confident I could eventually get there on my own, but would appreciate having an edge on others who might have the same goal so I can get there sooner rather than later.
- I know myself, and I know my strengths and weaknesses. I recognize that I could improve my leadership skills, and even know some of the things I should be doing, but I need someone to help keep me on track and hold me accountable.
The best athletes and business leaders in the world have personal trainers and coaches. They use them early to accelerate performance, and throughout their careers to maintain it. When professionals reach what may seem to be the pinnacle of their career, do you think they say “I’m good enough now” and fire their coach? Of course not. Do you want to be the best?